Temps are finally coming down, at least a little. Perfect autumn weather? Maybe not yet, but you can still bask in the magnificent foliage of fall this weekend. You can also toast the so-close-you-can-taste-it season with a German beer, grab a bountiful harvest in Rowlett and catch a hardy perennial in Farmers Branch. There’s more, too, and it’s all DARTable. Get outdoors and get on board! Read on to learn more.
Friday, Sept. 20
Addison Oktoberfest started Thursday and should be hitting full stride today. It runs through Sunday. The family-friendly festival has everything you could want from an Oktoberfest celebration: entertainers in German costumes doing Bavarian dances, schuhplatten dancing, oompah music, yodels, and plenty of beer. A special Oktoberfest Paulaner drink is the perfect accompaniment to sausage, sauerkraut, strudel or any other German specialty. You’ll also find a mini-midway with carnival rides and stuff. It’s all at Addison Circle Park, just up the street from Addison Transit Center.
Saturday, Sept. 21
Rowlett Farmers Market gets its last installment of the season today from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fill your bushel with Texas-grown produce and tap your toe to live music in the Village Green. It’s a short walk from Downtown Rowlett Station on the Blue Line.
Autumn at the Arboretum is one of the institution’s best-loved events, and it kicks off today. Check out more than 90,000 pumpkins and other gourds arranged in sculptural compositions at the Pumpkin Village. Take in the vibrant colors of fall in the form of 150,000 flowers. Partake in the daily tasting of seasonal produce, and check the schedule for cool weekly happenings, such as cooking classes. This year’s theme, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” is illustrated by giant topiaries and other made-for-Instagram displays. Get to the Arboretum by catching Bus Route 60 at Union Station or anywhere along its route. The magnificent seasonal display is going on all the way through Halloween,
Greater Tuna closes after tonight’s performance at the Pocket Sandwich Theater. The durable lampoon of small-town Texas is bursting at the seams with colorful characters – but only has two actors. Visit Tuna, Texas (our state’s third-smallest town) by taking the Red, Blue or Orange lines to SMU/Mockingbird Station and walking across the street.
Sunday, Sept. 22
Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene is an amazing Old World work, and today is your last chance to see it at the Dallas Museum of Art. The circa-1598 masterpiece depicts Mary Magdalene experiencing a spiritual awakening as her sister Martha counts on her fingers the reasons she should convert. Caravaggio is one of the best o’ the Baroques, but you can only see a handful of his paintings in the U.S. Take advantage of this rare opportunity by catching any DART Rail line to St. Paul Station, and walking about five or six minutes north.
Cats is another attraction that closes after today. The play hardly needs an introduction – it stars a cast of felines, it’s set in an awesome junkyard and it was based on a weird book by T.S. Eliot. See Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hardy perennial at the Firehouse Theatre, across the street from the Green Line’s Farmers Branch Station. Today’s performance, of course, is a matinee.